Chandler: Uihlein will get 7 Euro starts
Peter Uihlein will have no trouble getting the seven invites he needs to try to get his European Tour card next year, Uihlein’s agent Andrew “Chubby” Chandler told Golfweek.
The only date in Uihlein’s diary so far is the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January, when he will make his professional debut. However, Chandler said Uihlein will get seven starts by the spring.
“He’s guaranteed to play seven European tournaments by April,” Chandler said. “I’m confident of that.”
The two-time Walker Cup player is allowed seven sponsor invites on the main European Tour. If in those seven invites he equals or betters the money earned by the 115th and last player to get a tour card this year, then he can play an indefinite schedule. Ireland’s Damien McGrane earned €258,939 for finishing 115th this season, so Uihlein will be aiming to make about €260,000 in seven starts.
“He’s got to pick it up and hit the ground running,” Chandler said. “You have to when you’ve only got seven starts. He’s a good-enough player, but he’s happy to play the Challenge Tour if he doesn’t get his card through the seven. It should be easier for him on the Challenge Tour.”
Uihlein also is allowed seven invites on the Challenge Tour, but he doesn’t have to earn as much money to keep playing that circuit. Uihlein needs to earn the equivalent of 80th place on this year’s Challenge Tour money list to play more than seven tournaments on Europe’s junior circuit. Switzerland’s Andre Bossert placed 80th on this year’s Challenge Tour money list, with €19,963. So Uihlein will be looking to earn about €20,000 from his seven invites to play a full season on the Challenge Tour. The top 20 on the Challenge Tour receive cards for the 2013 European Tour.
Chandler first talked about signing Uihlein a year ago when the agent talked with Peter’s father Wally, the chief executive officer of Acushnet. However, it was only in the past month that Uihlein committed to ISM.
“Peter and Wally agreed that it would be better for him to play in Europe to start his career, and since we have very good contacts around the world, then it was a good fit for Peter and us,” Chandler said
“We’ve obviously known about Peter for a long time, and he’s a great player. I think he wanted to play in Europe because he’s seen how the game is going global. I spoke to Wally about a year ago, and I think he and Peter wanted to start in Europe because it would be better for his game.
“I think it’s good that Peter has decided to get out of his comfort zone and come to Europe and play different courses and go to different countries. I believe players become more adaptable by traveling. By playing the European Tour, it should prepare Peter for life on the PGA Tour when he decides to go for his PGA Tour card.”
Uihlein is the second American male golfer to join the ISM stable recently. Former Arizona State player Scott Pinckney joined ISM this summer and got his card at European Tour Q-School last week. The LPGA's Christina Kim also is an ISM client.
Stanford alumnus Dodge Kemmer is an ISM client, as well, with Kemmer being the first American to win on the EuroPro Tour.
“We have a bigger profile in the United States right now because of what our players have been doing," Chandler said. "We’ve opened an office over there and will be signing more."